|Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)|
|Operator||Akron Canton Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Akron, Ohio, Canton, Ohio, Massillon, Ohio|
|Elevation AMSL||1,228 ft / 374 m|
Akron-Canton Airport (IATA: CAK, ICAO: KCAK, FAA LID: CAK) is a commercial airport in the city of Green, in southern Summit County, Ohio (a small piece of both runways is in Stark County), just off Interstate 77 about 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Akron and 10 miles northwest of Canton. The airport is jointly operated by Summit County and Stark County.
Money for the airport was initially allocated during World War II for defense purposes, but the construction stalled over a controversy relating to whether public funding of airport construction would be appropriate. As a result, private funding was essential to the initial construction of the airport, particularly in purchasing the land. The airport was dedicated on October 13, 1946, as the Akron-Canton-Massillon Airport; the name was later changed to Akron-Canton Regional Airport. Passenger air service began in 1948 when American, United, Capital and Eastern airlines moved from the Akron Fulton International Airport. A permanent terminal was built in 1955 and expanded in 1962.
The airport has two runways, 7,601 and 8,204 feet (2,317 and 2,501 m) long, both 150 feet (46 m) wide.
In 2005, 1.43 million passengers flew through Akron-Canton, three times the number ten years earlier. It is one of the fastest-growing airports in the Midwest, and attracts passengers from the Akron/Canton area and Cleveland metropolitan area. Passenger count has grown every year since 1995 except 2001 (partly because of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which slowed air travel nationwide).
The airport markets itself as "A better way to go", noting the ease of the Akron-Canton Airport in comparison to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport some 40 miles (64 km) north. The airport is a secondary "reliever" airport for Northeast Ohio. Although much of the growth is commercial, over 75% of traffic is general aviation, which is all but nonexistent at nearby Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.
CAK doubled passenger ridership from 2000 to 2006, with new flights added by AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines. Southwest Airlines began service to CAK in August 2012. CAK represents 20% of all air travel growth in Ohio. Other airlines include American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express.
The airport experienced its best year ever in 2012 with 1.83 million customers.
In 2006 the airport completed an expansion and renovation of the terminal, including the addition of a new wing off the main concourse. It brings the number of gates to 11 (from 9), and provides new baggage areas, a food court, and improved aesthetics. The new wing opened to passengers in May 2006 and is home to Southwest Airlines.
In 2011 the expanded TSA screening area was completed. It has four lanes for screening, with the ability to open two more. Along with the expanded screening area, Advanced Imaging Devices were installed and a TSA Precheck lane was added.
The airport initiated CAK 2018, its 10-year, $110-million Capital Improvement Plan in March 2008. The plan is the most ambitious capital improvement plan in Akron-Canton Airport’s history and calls for 10 projects in the next 10 years. One of those projects, a runway expansion, has already been completed. Runway 5/23 was extended from 7,600 ft (2,300 m). to 8,200 ft (2,500 m). The runways will allow aircraft to fly non-stop to anywhere in the U.S. and throughout Mexico and Canada.
Other projects include expanding aircraft parking and general aviation area, replacing aircraft rescue and fire fighting maintenance facility, a new customs and border patrol facility, expand auto parking lots, a widened entrance road, expanded ticket wing and TSA screening area, expanded upper level concourse and the construction of Port Green Industrial Park, 213 acres (0.86 km2) will be developed into 10-12 business sites.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Fort Lauderdale, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach, Savannah
|American Eagle||Charlotte, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta
|Southwest Airlines||Atlanta, Las Vegas (ends April 11, 2016), Orlando (ends April 11, 2016), Tampa (ends April 11, 2016)
Seasonal: Fort Myers (ends April 11, 2016)
|United Express||Chicago–O'Hare, Newark|
|Castle Aviation||Cincinnati, Hamilton, Rickenbacker|
|1||Atlanta, GA||233,000||Delta, Southwest|
|2||Charlotte, NC||104,000||US Airways|
|3||New York, NY (LaGuardia)||73,000||Southwest|
|5||Chicago, IL (O'Hare)||51,000||United|
|10||Washington (DCA), D.C||29,000||Southwest, US Airways|
Akron-Canton Airport has a number of taxicab and shuttle services.
The SARTA route provides service every hour for most of the day Monday through Saturday, and serves both Canton and Akron via Interstate 77, including transit centers in both downtown Canton and downtown Akron.
The Akron Metro route is a 5 times-per-day local route through Southern Summit County, but does serve the downtown Akron Transit Center.
- Akron-Canton Airport (official site
- FAA Airport Master Record for CAK ( PDF), effective 2008-06-05
- Akron-Canton Airport Achieves Fourth Consecutive Annual Passenger Record
- "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved Mar 2015.
- Akron-Canton Airport Ground Transportation Services
- SARTA Route 81 schedule
- Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority Route 110 schedule
- Official website
- Route Map
- (PDF), effective November 12, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for CAK, effective November 12, 2015
- Resources for this airport: